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  • Leopoldo Lopez was sentenced to a 14-year prison sentence for charges including public promotion of violence, property damages, arson and crime association.

    Leopoldo Lopez was sentenced to a 14-year prison sentence for charges including public promotion of violence, property damages, arson and crime association. | Photo: EFE

Maduro also announced that elections for governors will take place on Dec. 10 this year, and that the opposition has said it will register its own candidates.

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez is ready to testify at the Commission for Truth and Justice, a recently-appointed body aimed at shedding light on human rights violations and preventing coups attempts.

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President Nicolas Maduro made the announcement Tuesday night on the political council of the Bolivarian Alliance of People of Our America, or ALBA.

According to Maduro, Lopez sent a letter to the commission the morning after it was created by the representatives of the National Constituent Assembly, or ANC.

In addition to Lopez, “the (opposition) leader created from Washington,” other members of the opposition were willing to collaborate with the commission, said Maduro.

He also announced that elections for governors will take place on Dec. 10 and that the opposition has said it will register its own candidates.

The Commission for Truth and Justice will seek to promote peace and prevent further violent acts directed at the Bolivarian Revolutionary government, according to Venezuela's News Agency.

“The Constitutional Law for the Commission of Truth and Justice has been approved,” said Delcy Rodriguez, president of the ANC, after the commission was formally approved. “We said we came to make history and this law is a powerful instrument to suffocate violence, hatred and intolerance.”

“With this commission, we will find the truth as well as the responsibilities of the killers. There is no political difference or bias here. There are Venezuelan victims, and we owe them moral, physical and material reparations,” she added.

The country held elections for the ANC on July 30 and swore in constituent assembly members five days later.

Over 8 million people voted — a turnout of over 41 percent, according to electoral authorities — to choose from 6,120 candidates for the 545-member ANC in a vote that has been described as transparent, with international electoral experts and observers calling for respect for the results.

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